Established in February 2018
Cultural Garden Preschool is based in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. With sister cities such as Lynwood, Watts, Hawthorne, Inglewood and much more. Cultural Garden Preschool first opened their doors February 2018 to children in and out of the community. We are a licensed family child care offering the home base feeling along with the educational setting and fundamentals. We offer a science, art, dramatic play areas, outdoor, and gardening area for children. With age appropriate activities in and out of our classrooms we welcome children of all ages.
Body Positive Environment
Director & Lead Teacher
How we started...
Araceli Rodriguez has over 10 years of experience working with young children. Her passion began when she worked for a non profit organization in 2009 as a swim instructor and lifeguard. It was then she realize that working with young children and families was her calling. She began school not long after to begin her journey into Early Childhood Education and Development. While the years passed on she completed her AA in Early Childhood Education, became a postpartum doula and received her Bachelors in Human Development specialized in Early Child Development. About a year after graduating she knew that she wanted to provide quality childcare in her hometown that not only accepted private clients but also families who worked with subsidize programs. She began her journey to gather sufficient material to open a curriculum base and culturally diverse space for everyone. Late 2017 she began the application process to become a state licensed child care provider.
Late February 2018 Araceli became licensed and soon opened her doors to the community. In July 2018 she partnered up with Early Head Start. In October 2018 she was at max capacity with 6 students. It was then when she decided to expand and offer services to more families. She found the need of early education growing and became licensed for a large family childcare late October. A larger license meant more spaces for children to enroll, the need of more staff member, more material and more early education for young children in her community.
Today Araceli along with her staff are inspiring children to reach their full potential in reading, writing, math, science, language arts, and moral skills.